• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Fat Pony Backpackers
A riding centre on the edge of the winelands.
(Joostenbergvlakte,Wine Region)

Victoria Bay Surfari Backpackers
This Backpackers' hostel is set in 3 hectares of forest near to the Vic Bay's famous surfing beach
(Victoria Bay,Garden Route)

African Heart

(Observatory,Cape Town)

IKAYA 'le Intlabati'
They are on the edge of the reserve and the river is in their front garden.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)

Cape Agulhas Backpackers
The Southernmost Backpackers in Africa....
(Cape Agulhas,Overberg )

Durban Backpackers - On The Beach
Durban Backpackers - On the Beach is on the beach and within walking distance of La Lucia Mall and a bunch of city amenities.
(Durban ,Durban)

Dijembe Backpackers Lodge
A comfy, fun spot.
(Stormsriver,Garden Route)

Molumong Guesthouse and Backpackers
Molumong backpackers in Lesotho,a self-catering spot is an ideal base from which to discover the mountainous eastern region of Lesotho.
(Bloemfontein,Lesotho)

Adrenaline Tours - Garden Route
Do the Garden Route and get high on adrenaline.
(,Garden Route)

Elundini Backpackers
Experience life with a Xhosa tribe in this rural village in the Amatola Mountains.
(Hogsback,South Coast)